Morgantown, West Virginia – Prior to this offseason, it was expected that West Virginia sophomore Oscar Tshiebwe would be the first Mountaineer player to be drafted in the NBA Draft. He is, afterall, an incredible athlete, who has unmatched rebounding abilities in the college game, is built like a grown man and has tremendous upside as a defender and offensive player.
However, Bob Huggins recently revealed that when NBA scouts and General Managers call him to ask about his players, the first player they bring up is Miles “Deuce” McBride.
McBride, a 6’2 sophomore guard out of Cincinnati, Ohio, has become a more complete player and is now the leader of the Mountaineers. A member of the Big 12 All Freshman Team last season, McBride has taken his game to entirely new level in his second year.
“Miles McBride was an efficient scorer out of the pick-and-roll during his freshman campaign in 2019-20. West Virginia also had the third-best defense in the country, per KenPom, aided by his 1.1 steals per game. His defensive box plus-minus ranked third-best among all high-major freshman.”
In addition to McBride, USA Today’s 2021 NBA Mock Draft projects Oscar Tshiebwe to go in the first round of the draft next year. Tshiebwe is projected as the #24 overall pick in the draft.
Although West Virginia fans would love to have McBride and Tshiebwe playing for the Mountaineers for many years, both have transcendent talent that belongs at the next level, and this could very well be the final year for them in Morgantown.